Thursday 14 June 2012
To enjoy a hot-air balloon ride and witness the beauty of sunrise, Barbarella and Pornsak had to rise and shine before the crack of dawn. But it is an experience worth waking up for.
Best thing about it – there is no fixed destination. Just let the wind decide. Barbarella and Ponsak enjoy the gentle ride above the spectacular Gold Coast Hinterland in Queensland, Australia. After their first day of sun and surf at Surfer’s Paradise, it is time to take it slow and easy and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
Then it ‘s time for champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead and Vineyard. A hot breakfast of sausages, bacon, eggs, organic mushrooms with a glass of sparkling wine. Wine for breakfast ? Cheers !
Then, Barbarella and Ponsak head down to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, a true nature paradise situated in the World Heritage Lamington National Park, home to over 300 bird varieties, 500 waterfalls with 150kilometres of walking tracks. Barbarella and Ponsak take a tree top walk which gives a close-up view of the rainforest canopy and its wildlife.
Ponsak climbs up a pole…we mean a very tall tree that gave him a wonderful view of the forest but on the way down, he gets a little terrified. But all is forgotten and he straps on for his next adventure – the flying fox ride. Though not quite sure what it is, Pornsak gets excited about dressing up !
While he look the part with all the right gear and equipment, that didn’t stop him from screaming all the way down during the flying fox and Barbarella enjoyed every moment of it…..watching him !
After some refreshments, it’s time to head back to the Gold Coast to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to many Australia’s unique wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos. Do you know that a koala sleeps for up to 20 hours a day (for stretches of time throughout the day), waking up only for 4 hours for feeding.
While Barbarella takes a picture with the koala, Ponsak does some formal introduction. “Hi, my name is Ponsak and I come from Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan ……………….”
The koala didn’t really care. It was time for his nap anyway. Then Pornsak gets all excited about lorikeet feeding until the birds started getting friendly, a little too friendly by peeing all over him .Hot Air – Gold Coast www.hotair.com.au O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Lamington National Park Road Canungra Beaudesert QLD Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary 28 Tomewin St Currumbin QLD Words and Pictures by Serene Choo, Channel 5